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Tale Of The Peppermint Pig -- A Saratoga Christmas Tradition!

Peppermint Pig
The tradition of the famous Peppermint Pig™ started ages ago in the 1880's with candy makers in Saratoga Springs NY. It's a festive way to celebrate the holidays, and the tradition is even more popular today than it was throughout its early years.

In Victorian culture, the pig represented good health, happiness and prosperity. Old fashioned candy makers fashioned the Peppermint Pigs™ each year during the holiday season. These sweet treats were made of hard peppermint candy --similar in taste and texture to a candy cane -- and appropriately colored a very festive pink!

When families gathered together at Christmas for the holiday meal, the tradition was to break the Peppermint Pig™ after dinner (inside a small cloth pouch) using a miniature hammer. All family members would then share in eating the sweet candy pieces, hoping for good fortune in the coming year.

Today, the Peppermint Pig™ remains a fun and heartwarming tradition at holiday tables all around the nation. In addition to the traditional 8-oz. Peppermint Pig™ there is also a 3-oz. Peppermint "Piglet" -- either would certainly make a sweet and memorable holiday tradition... with Victorian roots!

Though the Peppermint Pig™ is sold all over the nation, Saratoga County is its hometown, and to this day they are made nowhere else!

Where Can I Buy A Peppermint Pig?

Looking to give a unique and meaningful gift or to start a timeless family tradition this holiday season? Pick up the famous pink Peppermint Pig! It comes in a few different sizes and is available online or in local gift shops here in the Saratoga region, including Saratoga Sweets, Crafter's Gallery, Impressions of Saratoga and The Candy Co. of Saratoga. For a fun twist, you may also be able to find some Peppermint Pig 'Poop' to go along with this gift! What a great way to say, "Merry Christmas!"

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